- Posted by Johanna on June 29, 2010 at 10:10 pm
- Category: Superhero Reviews
- CREDITS: written by Sholly Fisch; pencils by Robert Pope; inks by Scott McCrae
- PUBLISHER: DC Comics; $2.50 US
I don’t know what it says about me that I find the most satisfying periodical comics coming out of DC to be their kids’ books. Perhaps those are the ones that best grasp the wonder and imagination that should underly superhero stories.
At a time when I’m severely disappointed in many of the “real” DC comics, I was refreshed and relieved by reading Batman: The Brave and the Bold #17. It’s a “week in the life” story showing Batman teaming up (since that’s the premise of the book) with a variety of other heroes. What he does is standard (as it has to be, since each day only gets a couple of pages) … but I was impressed by the sheer diversity of characters chosen for these escapades. Here’s the rundown:
- The Green Lantern Corps
- Merry, Girl of 1,000 Gimmicks (I love her!)
- Jonah Hex and Bat Lash
- The Inferior Five
- The Creeper
Just look at that variety! There’s science, space opera, escapism, Western, horror, and parody. I’m thrilled to be reminded by just how many wonderful concepts are part of the DC universe — and disappointed how many of them are going unused. I’m also saddened by the thought of how difficult it may be for someone who wants to see more of these characters to find them.
Impressively, Batman works with all of them, as each brings out a different side of or technique used by the character. That’s a testament to the enduring power of what was originally just a pulp takeoff.
I also quite enjoyed the special Super-Pets issue of Tiny Titans, #28, but I don’t know what I can say about that. Either hearing the theme concept makes you instantly want it, or you have no love for whimsy. This is a comic where Ace the Bathound gets his own sidekick, a robin Robin. And boy Robin’s response is simply, “Where’d he find a cape that small?”